Friday, September 2, 2011

Please join us for our monthly Ward 4 Thrives Community Meeting- at 6:30pm on September 7th, Wednesday, at the Fort Stevens Rec Center (1327 Van Buren ST, NW b/w 13th and 14th ST).

And a reminder to please call the Mayor's and Council Member Bowser's office saying, "We don't want a Walmart- we want alternatives." Below is a call script to guide you through the process. Of course, feel free to add your personal reasons (environmental concerns, DC needs living wage jobs or you live near the proposed site)

There is a slight hold period- and to help you through it, the grandfathers of DC punk, the Bad Brains:

Call Script:
Mayor Gray's Office- (202) 727-6300
Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser- (202) 724-8052

Hi, my name is _______ and I am a resident of Ward 4. I was very upset to hear of the approval of the Large Tract Review for the proposed Ward 4 Walmart. I am strongly opposed to a Walmart being built at Georgia and Missouri and there are still major concerns that have not been addressed:

1) With 6 schools surrounding the proposed Walmart site, the increased traffic will make it more dangerous for children in the area.

2) Small businesses in the immediate area will lose business and likely close down, causing increased unemployment and less competition.

3) The Office of Planning disregarded the community's input and concerns which were voiced consistently at public meetings and written comments. The City also did not fully address the explicit objections of ANC 4B.

I demand that Mayor Gray deny a building permit for a Walmart at Georgia and Missouri and instead consider alternatives developed through a community led process.

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